Jordan Spieth jarred a 7-iron on the par-3, 173-yard, 12th hole at Muirfield Village, during a practice round for the Presidents Cup. Spieth collected high-fives from the other three guys in his group — Steve Stricker, who is the 20-year-old’s partner in this week’s team competition, Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar.
“We started on No. 7,” said Spieth. “We were going to play alternate shot the first six and best ball the last six, and so it was our sixth hole, and Tiger had already hit, he hit an 8-iron. Looked like he went after it, so I went ahead and hit kind of a smooth 7; 173 into a little breeze, played 175, 176, and started at the flag and never really left it, in midair…
“I had flown the green the couple days before and I thought it was perfect. Took a little off it, and thought it might be the right club, took a little while to trickle and thought it was going to be about a foot short.
“And all of a sudden it dropped. Everybody’s hands went up, so our arms went up, and it was really cool; a cool environment that we had that many people around.”
Spieth is so young that he’s not even legally allowed to drink alcohol, let alone buy rounds for the guys, but he’s like 20-going-on-35, so he came up with a solution.
“Everything here for all the players and wives is open bar, so that makes it easy,” he said. “Technically it’s alternate shot, so Steve made a hole-in-one so we can split it.”
Despite making a hole-in-one, Spieth and Stricker still lost to Woods and Kuchar in their 12-hole practice match. Watch out for Tiger and Kooch this week — they are dialed in. Woods spent Tuesday testing balls for alternate shot — because Kuchar, a shorter hitter, relatively speaking, plays a much harder ball than Tiger — and sounds like the work paid off.
As Jordan mentioned, they started on the 7th hole. Well, Woods and Kuchar made two eagles on the par-5s nos. 7 and 11 in the first five holes, playing alternate shot. They were nine-under in 12 holes. NINE-UNDER! THROUGH 12! And six of those holes were played in alternate shot!
Tiger and Kuchar are matched up against Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman in Thursday’s four-ball. Um, as I mentioned previously, good luck to the Internationals on this one.
Stricker and Spieth creamed Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley during the Tour Championship in Phil’s money-game match. Well, Phil and Keegan got their revenge on Tuesday, beating Stricker and Spieth, but it was a tight one — the match went to the 18th hole. It doesn’t seem like the duo’s (Stricker and Spieth) confidence has been hurt despite the two losses this week, though. Like I said, I’ve never seen the Americans so relaxed and having this much fun.